Wyoming Arts Council

Literary Connection begins at LCCC

The Literary Connection began two days of events at LCCC this morning.

Three writers conducted free workshops for 70-plus attendees in the Health Science Building auditorium.

Laura Pritchett, a fiction writer and essayist from Fort Collins, Colo., got things rolling with her talk “Showin’ Those Emotions: Where Interior and Exterior Landscapes Merge.” Next was Maine nature writer and essayist Bill Roorbach. His talk was “The Voice of the Writer in Nonfiction: How to be Yourself on the Page.”

Colorado short story writer and essayist Pam Houston talked about “Into the Deep End: Getting a Piece of Writing off to a Running Start.”

She advised attendees to look for things that glimmer, those events or people or conversations things that catch your attention — and then you keep thinking about them.

From the glimmery shiny things come stories and essays.

“I’m a sharp observer,” said Houston, author of “Cowboys are My Weakness.” “I take things and put them together with other remarkable things and make a new thing. I’m like a collagist.”

“I spend a whole lot of time creating raw material and then a lot of time on placement. Everything is moveable.”

All three remarkable writers will be presenting talks on Satuday, Oct. 3, at the LCCC Health Science Building. LCCC theatre prof and playwright, Jason Pasqua, will serve as emcee. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Tickets are $35, which includes lunch. Walk-up registrations O.K.

Pritchett will present at 10:15 a.m., followed by Roorbach at 11:15 a.m. Lunch is 12:30-1:45 p.m. Houston’s talk is at 2 p.m., followed by a book signing at 3:q15-4 p.m. Books offered for sale by Cheyenne Barnes & Noble.

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